Potential unlimited for young Dynamo fencers

By Don Fennell

Published 2:01 PDT, Thu May 16, 2019

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

With the future having arrived, these are lit (amazing) times at Richmond’s Dynamo Fencing Club.

With the future having arrived, these are lit (amazing) times at Richmond’s Dynamo Fencing Club.

On the heels of Seraphim Jarov’s impressive sixth-place finish at the 2019 junior world championships, youth athletes left the Rain City Super Youth Circuit event in Bellevue, Washington May 6 with 26 medals in hand.

“The Seattle event is our future,” says Dynamo fencing president Igor Gantsevich. “Just to put it in perspective, at this same event about three years ago we won eight medals. Every year, we are getting bigger and stronger. And the colour of medal is more and more gold and silver, not the finalist or bronze medallist. It is showing how far we have come and how our program is working.”

Himself a former national champion and World Cup and Pan-American Games medallist, Gantsevich says if these young athletes continue to work with the same passion and commitment, he can’t see how they won’t surpass the results established by older fencers in the next three years.

“Our dream is becoming a reality, and everything we worked hard on building is coming to fruition,” he says.

The Dynamo Fencing Club is Canada’s largest and most recognized fencing club, with nearly a quarter of Canada’s national team calling it home.

Providing world-class instruction to a diverse base of athletes, its core mission extends beyond simply athletics to help its members achieve personal growth in all areas of their lives—from academics to business to community service.

The club is located at 2231 Vauxhall Pl. General inquiries may be directed to or by calling 604-232-9100.

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